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Birthday Parties


Looking to celebrate your child's birthday in a unique way? Invite your family and friends to join the zoo education team for a fun, educational and hassle-free birthday party. Each birthday party lasts up to one-and-a-half hours and can be scheduled Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Birthday parties are held in the RTI's Play & Learn Center located behind Kidzone, the nature play area in North America.

Birthday Parties are offered year round. There are two options available. For a complete party package for children aged 4 years and up:

Number of Participants Complete Party Package
(Children ages 4 and up)
Up to 15 $350.00
16-20 $400.00
21-25
(Maximum)
$440.00

COMPLETE PARTY PACKAGES for CHILDREN AGED 4 YEARS AND OLDER include:

  • Zoo admission for pre-registered guests (25 people maximum due to room size)
  • Room Rental for one and a half hours
  • Party Set-Up: all paper goods and table décor including candles
  • Education Program (choose from themes listed below)
  • Animal Ambassador Encounter
  • Cake, ice cream, popcorn, & pink lemonade or water
  • Party Clean-Up

Admission Passes (e-tickets) will be emailed upon receipt of final numbers and payment (no later than two weeks before party date.) Education program is age appropriate and based on one of the following themes:
  • Dinosaur—Fantastic Jurassic
  • Big Bug Bash
  • African Safari
  • Fairy Friends (costumes encouraged)
  • Survival 101 (fort building, outdoor camp fire)
  • Three Bears (Polar, Brown and Black Bears)

SOCIETY MEMBERS RECEIVE A 15 PERCENT DISCOUNT OFF COMPLETE PARTY PACKAGE PRICE.

The second option is for children under 4 or for those looking for something simpler. This simple party package allows you to rent out the education space for an hour and a half for $100 with a la carte options such as cake starting at $25 (based on size of party), ambassador animal encounter for $50, and goody bags for $7/child. You would be responsible for room set up, paper goods and clean up. Decorations are allowed with the exception of balloons. Parties are subject to a maximum of 25 people.

Registration

To register, please call 336.879.7715 or email Kathy.osborne@nczoo.org. A deposit of $100 will hold the day and time until you can send in the balance due two weeks prior to the party. Checks or money orders can be made out to NC Zoo Society, re: birthday party and mailed to NC Zoo, Attention Kathy Osborne at 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC 27205.

Below are additional ideas to help you coordinate your special day for your loved one. Discounted admission tickets for groups over 15 people (call 336.879.7700 for advance tickets) Picnic areas (public picnic areas: first-come first-served) Private picnic areas: (reservation only), call 336.879.7700 for details and to reserve Catering: contact our Food Service Providers at 336.879.7341 or email mattlong@kmssa.com Society Deck rental for members only (please contact Zoo Society)

Please note the Zoo’s hours change based on the time of year:

April through October operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November through March, the zoo is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Birthday Party FAQ


What is the reservation policy?
Changes to and cancellations are allowed up to two weeks of the birthday party date. All cancellations will be charged a $50 fee, regardless of the reason. Cancellations made less than two weeks from the birthday party fee will not receive a refund in any amount.

What if my number of guests changes?
No refunds are given for guests who do not show up. You have up to two weeks before the party to change your reservations. After that, you are responsible for the payment regardless of attendance. We strongly recommend wording your RSVP so that the deadline is clear. If you have more people show up for the party, you will be charged $15 for each additional guest. More than 25 people are not allowed into the room due to fire code. I am a zoo member. Can I use my guest passes for some of the adults? No. You receive a 15% discount. Other than that, all adults and children must be included in the count.

Is the birthday child included in the total count?
Yes.

Many of my guests have memberships. Do I have to include them in the count?
Yes. Our birthday party room can only seat 25 maximum per the fire code of the space. No extra guests are allowed. Members must be included in count.

Where is the birthday party held?

The birthday party is located behind Kidzone. You can ask at the North American gate where the area is located and will be provided a map. A birthday party staff person will meet your group at the chalk wall inside the play area at the time of your party, look for Birthday Party sign.

What happens if it rains?

Birthday party reservations are held rain or shine. Please let all your guests know ahead of time to check the weather and be prepared for whatever it entails.

The zoo is open 364 days a year regardless of rain. Occasionally, the zoo does close due to inclement conditions such as ice. In the event that your birthday party falls on a date that the zoo has to close, you can have the option of rescheduling your event or receiving a refund in the full amount. If you are unsure, please check the website and the front page will advertise closures.

Can I bring additional food?

No. Since the party is held inside the zoo, we require that events use the NC Zoo catering department for food. Our catering service has a lunch box menu available.

Can I bring additional decorations?
Yes. Helium balloons are NOT allowed. This is for the safety of our wildlife. Any additional decorations can be put up during the half hour prior to the party.

Is there a place I can store my cake or presents before or after the party?
No. Due to limited space and other events there is no place to store your party supplies. We can loan you a wagon to take items to your vehicle. You can return to the Zoo with your ticket stub.

Can I have the party for more than one child?
Yes. There is no additional fee if you would like to have the party for more than one person. Birthday cake is included and will have both names on the one cake unless specified.

Can I request animals for my animal encounter?

No. We cannot take requests for specific animals for your encounter. Our Animal Ambassadors include Flemish Giant Rabbit, Blue-Tongued Skink, Prairie Dogs, Skunk, Barred Owl, Red-Tailed Hawk, Tiger Salamander, Cane Toad, Box Turtle, an assortment of snakes and large insects. We will try to honor your preference, but our Animal Ambassadors are very popular and may be booked for other events. It is a good idea to select a first and a second choice.

Can you give me more details about what happens at the party?
Yes. Here is a rough agenda, keeping in mind that every group is a little different:
  • Front Porch Free Play with Bubbles, Hula Hoops and Animal Ring Toss, for about 15 minutes
  • Themed Education Program, for about 20-30 minutes
  • Animal Ambassador Encounter, for about 10-15 minutes
  • Cake, ice cream, popcorn and pink lemonade for about 10-15 minutes
  • Time for presents (parent-led), for about 15 minutes
  • Children can also color on kraft paper a birthday banner and listen to birthday party music




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Birthday Parties

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Library

Backyard Play Activities

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Family Nature Club

Group Programs

Scout Leader Hints

Stories from Our Campers